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It’s winter down here. My cold resistance has gone down since my not-even-cold Canada days. I even use an electric bed warmer because my room gets so cold, it’s got a breeze with windows closed. lol Anyway, since I’m on the topic, and calling for donations to combat the winter in the South is a yearly tradition that’s never-ending, I thought I would do a post on the Tibetan heating systems. I actually only saw these on various broadcasts of -probably- CCTV’s Yuanfang de Jia (远方的家).

This is a Kang (炕, from the Chinese “to bake or dry by the heat of a fire“) or a “bed-stove”.

Basically, you grill yourself in winter. Like I do with my electric bed warmer. xD

Like European ceramic stoves, Korean Ondol (온돌) underfloor heating, or… well, modern heated ceramic tile floor; a Kang is designed to keep you warm, especially in cold winter nights; like it is mentioned on Coldland People (寒地百姓吟, aka. Han Di Bai Xing Yin), the Tang Dynasty poem by Meng Jiao (孟郊) that starts with the following lines:

无火炙地眠,半夜皆立号。
冷箭何处来,棘针风骚骚。
霜吹破四壁,苦痛不可逃。

Translated on the Wiki page as: No fuel to heat the floor to sleep, standing and crying with cold at midnight instead.

Source: Baidu [includes a detailed explanation of the verses]

Appreciation for coal miners and heat aside; as fancy as floor-heating may look nowadays with ceramic tiles and electric heating. It all started with ovens built with brick and/or clay. A relatively more cost-efficient way to keep families in the South from freezing themselves to death.

Isn’t this the coolest? xD

More info over at ArchDaily.

I think this could be pretty awesome, as long as I could turn it off from time to time…

8.8.8 – Will you be watching? At 8:08pm~~ Be sure to watch, coz word has it that it will be spectacular. Also, word has it Jay Chou will be performing… will his vocal ability match Celine DionJay Chou‘s????

Apparently, Faye Wong was asked to do the Opening Song (a la Bjork, NE?) – Anyway, she refused… so they held a contest of sort… all very confusing to me. In the end, Jay Chou is singing~~~ obviously. Will you be watching him making faces… looking all cool and mumbling? You know, like in the S.H.E video?? Ha!

Moving on! Aside from all the controversy…. *rolls eyes* I am very impressed with the marketing that China’s come up for the Olympics. First and foremost, I am sort of… in love with the logo. Dancing Beijing by Guo Chunning.

Beijing Olympics Logo - Dancing Beijing

Dancing Beijing by Guo Chunning

There was a WHOLE spread on the issue of Communication Arts of months ago, read it all… devoured it. I am tempted on scanning it, LOL’ And the mascots! Maybe it’s my overly-occidentalized brain, but I thought their naming was smart. BeiBei, JingJing, HuanHuan, YingYing and NiNi… you know, as in Beijing Huanying Ni – Beijing Welcomes You~~~~

Beijing Olympics - Mascots

Another reason to watch? Zhang Yimou~~~ his films are visually stunning, so it only promises visuals and colors! *SWOON!* ALSO~~~~ How awesome is the new Beijing National Stadium – aka. Bird Nest – My mom thinks someone smoked of the good one when making up that concept. When it was under construction, I told her it looks sort of like a nest, and she didn’t believe me. xD

NatGeo… or was it Discovery Channel? Someone was showing an hour special about its construction. Niftiest thing ever, and I don’t even follow architecture. The budget was around $500M USD… which is like $4B Yuan, and the design was the winner of a contest xD All very architecture stuff~~